I have just rescued a 4 year old westie. The owners haven't taken very good care of it and it has a skin condition like eczema where large patches of hair are missing from its side and between all four legs where it is very black and dry. Can anyone help me firstly in the short term because it's hurting me just watching him. I already have a 4 yr old westie and he is absolutely fine. Also is there a chance my own dog will catch it?
Probably not. Westies have hereditary skin issues & like you said the previous owner didn't address. Your new dog may not completely recover but can make huge strides in getting better. I would not bathe him until a vet looks at him first. You will need medicated shampoos to treat the skin & anything you use now might make it worse. Until a vet fully examines him, there isn't much you can do other feed a good quality food & add fish oil to the food. Without seeing your dog firsthand I don't want to suggest any products. I can't stress enough, a vet first before using anything on the skin. Call & see if they will suggest giving antihistamine to help until appt. I had a westie & groom & work with a lot of them on their skin issues so you have to be so cautious with any products you use on them. You can easily make it far worse cuz his skin is hyper-sensitive right now & will break out more than it normally would.